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Challenges to ECED in Pakistan

The Constitution of Pakistan (Article 25-A) recognizes the educational need and development of children 5 years and above while 0-5 years has largely been overlooked

  • National Education Policy has been the first step in the recognition of pre-primary education but no formal measures have been taken to implement this policy provision at the school level.
  • Provincial ECED plans exist, however, there is a gap in the implementation as well as the financing of the proposed interventions.
  • Lack of inter-sectoral linkages between birth registration departments, health, immunization and educational entities.
  • Dearth of awareness and political consensus on Early Childhood Education and Development.